The Forward Five – Thursday, 3/18/21

Five Things to Know Today

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— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! Yesterday, I promised you some updates on the bills that passed (and didn’t pass) in the final rush at KYGA21. Today, those stories are included below.

This is one of those news days where I could easily have done “Ten Things to Know Today.” I won’t go through all the stories below in the Five Things and the Recent Content sections — you’re perfectly capable of scanning them yourself, I’m sure <g> — but I do want to point out a few not to miss, in addition to the bills stories.

  • Remembering Breonna – a photo story — Once again, Del Ramey and his trusty camera have captured a number of special moments at a public event – in this case, the memorial demonstration on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Breonna Taylor.
  • Cameron demands tax cuts — This is actually an important story, demonstrating what Republican AGs are planning during the Biden administration. (Spoiler alert: nothing good.)
  • Tax break story – We just have a Brief on it, but I encourage you to click through and read the whole thing. We continue to be stupid with our money when it comes to tax breaks.

So, lots to read. As always, if you go to the site and use the Read button, you can see them all in order, which is handy.

Wear your mask, wash your hands, and get your shots. And we’ll do the same.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

Good bills, bad bills, who-knows bills — 18 bills that just made the cut-off

Here are 18 bills that passed in the last two days. Some are good bills (in our opinion), some are bad bills (some are REALLY bad), and some are either a mix of good and bad or a “who knows?” situation. We’ve got the bill number and a summary of what it does. (Forward Kentucky)

Seven bills that DIDN’T pass KYGA21 (so far)

As lawmakers rushed to pass bills over the final two days of the session before “veto days,” some bills just didn’t make it. Here are seven such bills. (Forward Kentucky)

3/17 update — For first time, no new virus cases reported in Ky. long-term care

Almost all pandemic measures fell Wednesday, but one was especially remarkable: No new cases of the virus were reported among residents of long-term care facilities, which were the primary hotbeds of infection and death as the virus spread a year ago. (Forward Kentucky)

General Assembly sends a resolution on emergency orders and several other pandemic-related bills to the governor

The General Assembly has sent Gov. Beshear a list of which COVID-19 emergency orders should stay in place if the legislature wins its legal battle over the governor’s emergency powers. A notable exception: the bill doesn’t include wearing masks. (Forward Kentucky)

Cameron demands tax cuts, threatens lawsuit

AG Daniel Cameron sent a letter to the chair of the Federal Reserve demanding that Kentucky be allowed to use the relief money for tax cuts. If not, he and 20 other Repub AGs are going to sue. (Forward Kentucky)

Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

[new] indicates item not in a Forward Five before
🔥indicates high # of reads, social media shares, or both

[New] KY legislators rushed state tax breaks worth hundreds of millions to Beshear’s desk – As the clock neared midnight Tuesday, Kentucky legislators hurriedly shoveled more state tax breaks toward Gov. Andy Beshear’s desk, adding to the many billions of dollars in state tax breaks already on the books. (Brief)

[New] Massie among 12 who voted against awarding medals to Capitol police – Rep. Thomas Massie was among twelve Republicans who voted against awarding medals to law enforcement officers who defended the chamber during the Capitol riot. (Brief)

[New] Kentuckians who filed failed impeachment claims suing to avoid paying the costs – People who filed unsuccessful impeachment petitions against Gov. Andy Beshear and two other Kentucky officials are bucking more than $60,000 in bills they received for the costs of the cases. (Brief)

[New] 🔥Remembering Breonna Taylor — a story in photos – A memorial and demonstration was held on March 13 in Louisville to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Breonna Taylor at the hands of Louisville police. Del Ramey was there with his trusty camera, and gathered this story in pictures. (Photo Gallery)

3/16 update — Outbreak of new strain of the coronavirus at nursing home shows risk of variants, but also the effectiveness of vaccines – An outbreak of COVID-19 in an Eastern Kentucky nursing home shows the risk of new variants of the virus, but also the power of vaccines to prevent serious illness and hospitalizations from the disease. (News)

Filibuster THIS! – The U.S. is again approaching a crucial point in our right to vote. The result will either be the biggest advance since the landmark Civil Rights Act, or the biggest setback since the start of Jim Crow in the 1870s. (Commentary)

Watch out for Republicans trying to claim credit for American Rescue Plan’s state and local aid – Everyone, and especially the local media who will likely be getting those Republican press releases taking credit, needs to be clear: Democrats made this happen. (Commentary)

🔥 Why does McConnell win? It’s simple: politics without principles. – McConnell called Merrick Garland a “straight-shooter.” But when it comes to McConnell himself, being a straight-shooter is the LAST term you would use. And it’s been that way for decades. (Commentary)

Government has abandoned these four duties for too long – and the consequences are deadly – The functions of government are precisely those which are not the functions of business or the markets. Here are four areas where government must step up and lead. (Commentary)

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